Gothic architecture is so last century.
A French architecture firm wants to turn the Notre Dame cathedral’s roof into a giant, sustainable greenhouse.
The new proposal from studio NAB would see the 856-year-old house of worship’s spire replaced with a glass apiary filled with bees and a huge, indoor garden extending along the entire roof.
France is currently debating how best to rebuild the French Gothic cathedral after it was partially destroyed when a massive blaze broke out on April 15 while it was undergoing restoration.
In NAB’s re-imagining, the burnt wooden framework of the attic would be reused to create planters in the greenhouse, and the original silhouette of the building would remain.
But the spire and roof would be replaced with a gold-tone steel structure, covered by giant glass panels.